The state Senate voted Tuesday to ask California voters to repeal a ban on bilingual education in the state, saying children in other countries are successfully learning multiple languages.
The senate voted to put a measure on the ballot in November 2016 that would repeal major parts of Proposition 227, the 1998 ballot measure approved by voters that requires schools to teach in English.
“Children who participate in multilingual programs not only outperform their peers, they also have higher earning potential when they enter the workforce,” said Sen.
He called the status quo "linguistic tyranny, where we [politicians] decide what language our kids are going to learn."
The bill divided Republicans, with Senate GOP leader
But eight other Republicans, including Sen.
"You are putting children out who are functionally illiterate in two languages," Nielsen said of bilingual education. "English is the common language of this country. It is how we do business all over the world."